The perfect way to say 'I do' is with sand between your toes and the sound of the ocean in the background. And this fabulous wedding proves that.
Scroll down to see photos from this dreamy beach wedding...
Tell us your story? How and where did you meet?
We met in 2011 at the university in Eldoret, where we both schooled. We happened to be in the same Bible study group where Debz was the leader. Soon after we became friends and got along really well before we started going out officially.
What do you love the most about each other?
Deborah: Slater is very patient, loving and he is such a gentleman. Above all he is born again. He encourages me and is always there for me. He completes me.
Slater: Debz has a heart of gold. Her beauty captivates me, her brains challenge me. I love her so much and I think she is the greatest gift of all I could ever ask. I think am the luckiest guy in the world. She challenges me to be better, when am in doubt she is my rock. She is always caring, always loving.
How did he propose?
He proposed several times at various places, not because I said no, but because he always felt like it wasn’t enough. He first proposed at the source of river Nile in Jinja, Uganda where he had taken me to look for a slot in the university for my second degree. He later proposed at The Hell’s Gate National Park where he gave me two rings, then Kerio view in Iten. And then again in Mombasa and finally at The Kijiji Beach Hotel in Dare-saalam, so in total there were six engagement rings!
What songs did you and your bridal team walk down the aisle to?
When I say I do by Mathew West (bride) Bridal Party (Mwema by Mercy Masika)
What was your wedding theme and what inspired your choice of colours, suppliers and style?
Our theme was a fuse of African and modern, which we chose to combine with the beach theme.
Brown is my favorite colour; slater’s favorite is white so we didn’t have issues much because white was definitely going to be there. We wanted our wedding to be at the beach and we felt like blue and its shades had been overdone for beach weddings. So what inspired our colors was when we were at the beach and the sun was setting, it looked glamorous as there were these rays that were orange and yellow; and that did it for us. Brown was then used to tone down the two bright colors.
Give a brief recount of the wedding day, from waking up till evening and the things that were going through your mind at the time.
The morning of the wedding was calm. We were all excited and looking forward to the day, my grandparents and mum were there to give the much needed support. They ensured that I was well fed on the traditional brown ugali and chicken. I got dressed up and prepared for the day. My mum, grandma and aunt dressed me, and prayed for me. They also gave me words of advice.
The women from Slater’s place arrived and were singing all those coastal songs asking why am not leaving the house. This was so much fun as they exchanged songs with those people who were at the door. The guys arrived and we proceeded to the wedding venue.
All the while I was just hoping that everything was as we had greed with the suppliers and also with the other people who were helping. When I approached the aisle and saw that the setting was as we had agreed, I was excited! I was humbled by the standing ovation given to me and was very excited to see the groom who was patiently waiting for me. As we were exchanging vows, it felt so intense, at the same time I was worried about the tide. We had been told that the waters would be on our side much earlier. So I was afraid that the waters would find us there. I couldn’t imagine that happening, it got me a bit worried but thank God the wedding ended calmly before the waters came back.
The procession to the reception was awesome. I had an awesome bridal party and an equally awesome entertainment group who made the reception party worthwhile. And there was so much dancing. We ate and cut the cake and then we danced some more.
Tell us your biggest cost saver and any cost saving tips you have for people planning their wedding.
Our biggest cost saver was working with fewer vendors since a vendor who is offering more than one service gives discounts. For instance the hotel provided the food and drinks, tables and seats, the décor person also provided the cake and also transport. This apart from the discounts ensured that we worked with only two suppliers except for the photographer and also made it easier for us since it was a destination wedding.
You must have learnt quite a number of things during the wedding process. What did you learn regarding the wedding photography that you would like to other couples to know?
Invest in a good photographer, everything else on the wedding day will end. The food will end, the clothes will wear out and people will no longer talk about the wedding after a few days. But the wedding photos will be the only remaining memory of that day. Secondly, give enough time for photography. Once those shots are not taken or any special moment is not captured it will never be captured again. So give it enough time.
Have a maid of honor and the bridal party that will stand by you through it all, while still help you have fun on the main day. I thank God I had this.
Any other tips/lessons you would like to share with other brides and grooms planning for their wedding?
Pray, pray and pray even more.
It’s never too early to start planning, the earlier you start the better for you.
Not everything is a must have, prioritize and ensure that the most important things are addressed first.
You are bound to lose a few friends through the planning, very many will disappoint. Don’t be heartbroken, work with those who stick by you.
At Kenya Weddings we are always looking for something different unique and creative that a couple incorporates in their wedding. Please let us know what your something different was, what inspired you and how you got it done.
The guest list comprised of very few people that we knew very closely. This meant that we had an intimate time with our close family and friends.
We had our wedding in the late afternoon so as to utilize the cool times of the coastal regions and not be stressed out by the hot sun in the day.
The outfits of the bridal party were done to suit the various preferences for the girls, it covered those that wanted a short dress, those that wanted something long while at the same time providing the flattering effect that we desired of flowing in the breeze.
Wedding Venue (and Photography venue if different): Nyali International Beach Hotel
Wedding Photographer: Naomi Samantha Photography and Street Level Production
Number of Guests: 110